K2 Urla Breathing Room is an imagined artist’s community designed for Kuscular, Urla, Izmir in Turkey. Architect Michael E. Young, together with Teke Architects Office and architects Stefano Pugliese, Sebastian Erazo Frasier and Emre Gonlugur, will create a series of installations and architectural interventions over the duration of PORTIZMIR4.
A community table, performance area, conversation area, and play elements will be placed on site in conjunction with solstice and equinox events as a 330m long path grows at pace with the solar timetable. These interventions will culminate in the placement of a prototypical, artist’s live/ work space designed to situate artistic production within the agrarian landscape.
An education center, welcome center, production area, and other infrastructural elements will be visualized together with the installations as the full realization of this “nature-friendly” community. All structures will be designed as no- or low-impact interventions, providing the “breathing room” necessary for agricultural and artistic creation.